Vietnamese Women at the Crossroads of Southeast Asia: Gender, State, and Society in the Early Modern Period


ACLS Fellowship Program




This project is a cultural history of gender in Viet Nam from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. One of the first source-based studies of Vietnamese gender, the monograph will serve as an important intervention in the study of Vietnamese historical identity and gender in East and Southeast Asian Studies. It challenges the prevailing paradigms of Vietnamese women, who have simultaneously represented tradition and modernity in the existing literature. By locating the experiences of Vietnamese women and men within the socio-economic changes of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, the study examines how the operations of power mediated and were mediated by individual strategies of survival.